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Minnie Minoso Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 29, 1925 in Havana, Cuba
Died: March 01, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois
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Minnie Minoso
This article was written by Mark Stewart and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

In February of 2006, Orestes "Minnie" Minoso was preparing himself for the day he had anticipated for many years. Considered by a significant group of historians, statisticians and old-time fans to be among the best baseball players not enshrined in the Hall of Fame, Minoso awaited the voting results of a special panel that would open the gates of Cooperstown to overlooked and underappreciated stars of black baseball. However, when the names of the enshrinees were announced, Minoso's was not among them.

Minnie Minoso was born Saturnino Orestes Arrieta, on November 29, 1922, in El Perico, Cuba, a town near Havana. Arrieta was his mother's maiden name, while his father's name was Carlos Lopez. Both labored in the sugar cane fields outside of the big city. Minnie had two sisters and two half-brothers.

Minnie did not like school. During his pre-teen years he quit work in the cane fields and to play ball. When his employer, the Lonja plantation, failed to field a youth team, Minnie organized one himself, finding players and equipment and managing the club. He demanded that his charges learn the signs, and fined them 50 centavos when they missed one. This kind of pride and determination--combined with an ability to get along with everyone--would aid Minnie immeasurably during all phases of his baseball life.

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